NHTSA Announces Car Seat Recall Over Choking Risk

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Car seat recalls involve safety restraining systems designed to protect children from accident injuries. While these recalls aren’t as common as auto recalls, parents should stay alert and act promptly whenever their child’s car safety seat is affected. 

The latest recall involving a child restraining system impacts seats manufactured by Columbus Trading-Partners USA Inc., the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) announced.

According to regulators, the car seats come with headrest foam pads that may expose children to choking hazards. 

In order to prevent children from pulling pieces of foam and choking on them, officials explained, the firm is recalling car seats sold as CYBEX Sirona M Convertible Child Car seats with the model numbers 518000385, 518002153, 518000387, 518002145, 518002149, 518002151, and 519000211.

Impacted car safety seats were produced between November 3, 207 and August 31, 2018. 

If you own one of the recalled items, you should soon receive a letter in the mail explaining how you must proceed to seal the headrest foam and help prevent choking hazards. 

AAA: Parents Seldom Check Car Seats For Safety Issues

Car accidents are a leading cause of death for children of every age from 2 to 14 years old. According to federal data, a child is involved in an auto accident while riding as a passenger every 25 seconds, and more than 500 children are injured daily in traffic collisions in America. 

Car safety seats can reduce risk of fatal injury by  71% for infants and 54% for toddlers, however, a study carried out by the AAA showed that only 1 in 5 parents check their car seat for proper installation. 

Additionally, parents are often unaware of open recalls, increasing the risk of injury by failing to have their car safety seats repaired. 

If you or a loved one owns one of the impacted car seats, do not postpone having your device repaired. Put your child’s safety first and make sure you’re doing your part to help prevent injuries.

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